Thursday, March 4, 2010

Knotwork and Runes: Part III

I would hardly call any of this "revisionism," not that I'm knocking the idea of revisionism, but this is based in clear fact. I saw a program on television last week, in which one of the characters, an Irish-American, was wearing a ring with knotwork on it. It reminded me of how powerful, positive and negative, imagery can be.


From the "Celtic knot" webpage on Wikipedia:

"Examples of plaitwork (a woven, unbroken cord design) predate knot work designs in several cultures around the world, but the broken and reconnected plaitwork that is characteristic of true knot work began in Northern Italy and Southern Gaul and spread to Ireland by the 7th century."

--Sir Edward Sullivan - The Book of Kells (1986) Studio Editions Ltd. ISBN 1-85170-035-8


There are innumerable sources, but I won't be redundant. As stated earlier, there was not a Druidic culture in Cisalpine Gaul; as there were no standard pentagrams or triple moons. To the best I can figure, the Cernic culture may have originated there, and those seeds were sewn so deep that they resisted Druidic influence. It's also possible that Cernism originated in the Hallstatt culture and then was migrated to the subalpine region (as well as othe regions).

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